Earth, MIndfulness

Shinrin-yoku: The Easiest Way to Live Healthier and be More Productive

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In 1845, Henry David Thoreau decided to conduct a simple experiment.

For two years, he would embark on a quest to live simply and independently in natural surroundings. He built a small house on a plot of land owned by his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson and went to work on his first book.

The experience had a more profound impact on him than he’d imagined. He later recounted his time in the masterpiece Walden; or, Life in the Woods, in which he argued the merits of simple living in nature. In his own words:

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Now, Thoreau may have taken an extreme position, but there is a lot of sense behind his underlying argument, and it’s worth understanding.

For almost 200,000 years, humans have lived in tribal communities in the broader natural world. The first walled cities only sprang up less than 10,000 years ago. The modern cities of today are even more recent inventions.

Our ecology has evolved far faster than we have been able to keep up, and our bodies and brains aren’t designed to live in the kind of places that we predominantly occupy. We may have adjusted, but we haven’t yet adapt

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Atlantis, Earth, MIndfulness

Fall Meditation to Embody Openness and Self-Reflection By Tris Thorp

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Ancient cultures welcomed the changing of seasons by adapting to and synchronizing themselves with nature’s cycles and rhythms. For many of us in modern day society, autumn is marked by the leaves changing color, back-to-school sales, and the arrival of fall décor in department stores.

While you’re pulling out your favorite cozy sweaters and sipping pumpkin spice lattes, mother nature is busy pruning her limbs and preparing for what’s to come. If you slow down and look a little closer at what the fall season represents, it’s an incredibly auspicious time for doing deeper work within yourself.

MIndfulness, Social Media, Technology


I’m typing this in a nearly silent coworking space. All of us here at HBR are intently focused on our computer screens. The tap-tap of our fingers on keyboards, occasional rustle of paper, and clink of a coffee mug landing on a desk are the sounds of work. Look into our screens, though, and you often see a noisy, sometimes raucous place. We’re commenting on news stories, checking on projects, sharing photos of kids and cats, and flagging work problems. Looking around my office, I’m considering how connected I really am with my colleagues. Is this kind of interaction enough? Are we actually feeling isolated or lonely, staring at our screens?

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